The Blue Jays’ affiliates played nine games on Thursday, winning six of them and sweeping all of the games played by the short-season clubs.
Buffalo Bisons 5, Syracuse Chiefs 9
The Buffalo Bisons couldn’t continue their magic and fell 9-5 to the Syracuse Chiefs despite hitting four home runs as a club. Ryan Goins (2/4, HR), Matt Dominguez (2/4, HR, 2 R), Domonic Brown (1/4, HR, 2 RBI) and Casey Kotchman (1/3, HR, BB) all went deep, accounting for all five of the Bisons’ runs.
Scott Diamond allowed eight runs (six earned) on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts in six innings while Chad Girodo allowed a run on two hits and two walks over an inning and Dustin Antolin threw a perfect eighth with two strikeouts to finish the game.
Player of the Game: Ryan Goins and Matt Dominguez
Roster Notes: Bobby Korecky was placed on the DL.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 7, Akron RubberDucks 5
The “new-look” New Hampshire Fisher Cats won their second game since adding some new blood but it was a holdover who went deep, driving in three runs. Derrick Loveless had a strong game, hitting a three-run home run in the third inning and adding two walks. Richard Urena was 2/5 with two RBI and Reese McGuire was 2/4 with a double and two runs. Jason Leblebijian also had a pair of hits, driving in a run. Dwight Smith, Jr. was 1/3 with two walks while Roemon Fields was 1/3 with a run, an RBI and a stolen base.
Wilmer Font earned his first New Hampshire win, going five innings with three runs against on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Brady Dragmire provided 2 2/3 excellent innings, allowing just one hit and striking out while lefty Colton Turner, in his Double-A debut, allowed a two-run home run but struck out three batters in one inning of work. Chris Smith finished the game with a strikeout to earn the save.
Player of the Game: Derrick Loveless
Roster Notes: LHP Colton Turner was promoted from Dunedin while Tim Mayza was sent back to the Dunedin Blue Jays.
Dunedin Blue Jays 6, Clearwater Threshers 7
Ryan McBroom clearly enjoys feasting on Florida State League pitching but that wasn’t enough for the Dunedin Blue Jays who fell 7-6 to the Clearwater Threshers. McBroom was 1/4 with a home run and three RBI while Jorge Flores (2/5, 3B, RBI, R) and Dickie Joe Thon (2/3, HR, BB, 2 RBI) had two hits apiece. Anthony Alford was 1/4 with a double and a walk, scoring once and Canadian Mike Reeves hit a double and took a walk.
Chris Rowley was on the mound to start and threw five innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on nine hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Tim Mayza, returning to Dunedin, allowed an unearned run on two walks with a strikeout over two innings. Brad Allen gave up a hit but that was all in an inning, striking out one but Alonzo Gonzalez, on the mound for the ninth, gave up the walkoff run to the Threshers, taking the loss.
Player of the Game: Dickie Joe Thon
Roster Notes: Colton Turner was sent to New Hampshire and Tim Mayza returned to Dunedin.
Lansing Lugnuts 2, Bowling Green Hot Rods 8
The Lansing Lugnuts only scored twice in an 8-2 loss to the Bowling Green Hot Rods. Angel Perdomo allowed four runs on five hits and four walks with four strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings and Kirby Snead allowed two more runs on five hits over 2 2/3 innings but struck out three. Jackson Lowery came on to throw 2/3 of an inning, allowing a hit (and one of his two inherited runners to score) and striking out one while Daniel Young gave up two unearned runs in the ninth inning.
Player of the Game: Juan Tejada and John La Prise
Vancouver Canadians 8, Eugene Emeralds 4
Despite getting behind the Eugene Emeralds early, the Vancouver Canadians rallied for three runs in the seventh and another three in the ninth, coming out on top with an 8-4 win. Joshua Palacios hit two doubles, going 3/5 and adding a walk, two RBI and a run to spark the offense. Jacob Anderson was 3/6 with a run and an RBI and Yeltsin Gudino was 2/5 with a run and three RBI. Catcher Javier Hernandez was 2/4 with a double and a walk, scoring twice.
T.J. Zeuch allowed two runs on a two-run home run but he only gave up one other hit and a walk over four innings, striking out five. Nick Hartman allowed a run on two hits and a walk in two innings and struck out three while Grayson Huffman gave up a run on a hit and a walk in 1 1/3 innings with three strikeouts. Joining the three-strikeout gang was Griffin Glaude who saved the game, giving up just a hit in 1 2/3 innings.
Player of the Game: Joshua Palacios
Roster Notes: Stuart Holmes was sent to the Bluefield Blue Jays.
Bluefield Blue Jays 2, Danville Braves 0
In the first of two games, the Bluefield Blue Jays needed just three hits (and three errors by the opposition) to beat the Danville Braves 2-0. Osman Gutierrez helped out the bullpen by throwing a complete-game, two hitter, walking just one and striking out seven.
The Blue Jays took advantage of some weak catching by running rampant on the bases with five stolen bases. Vladimir Guerrero was 1/2 with a walk, two stolen bases and a run while Javier Monzon was 1/3 with a stolen base and an RBI. Jesus Severino was 1/2 with a walk.
Player of the Game: Osman Gutierrez
Roster Notes: Stuart Holmes was sent down to Bluefield from Vancouver and Jose Nova went back down to the GCL.
Bluefield Blue Jays 5, Danville Braves 3
The Bluefield Blue Jays got some more offense in the second game to complete the sweep of the Danville double header. Nick Sinay led the hitters, going 3/3 with a double, a walk, two runs and two stolen bases. Ridge Smith hit his third home run of the year, going 1/3 with two RBI. Javier Monzon was 1/4 with a triple and an RBI while Vladimir Guerrero stole two more bases (giving him 13 on the season), going 1/2 with an RBI (on a sacrifice fly) and a walk.
Kyle Weatherly got the start and threw five innings of three-run ball, allowing five hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Angel Alicea lowered his ERA to 2.11, giving up three hits and striking out three batters to earn the save over the last two innings.
Player of the Game: Nick Sinay
GCL Blue Jays 2, GCL Pirates 1
The GCL Blue Jays pulled one out of the fire, scoring in the bottom of the 10th inning on a bases-loaded hit batter, beating the GCL Pirates 2-1. Francisco Rodriguez was 1/3 with a solo home run and a walk while the two rehabbing hitters, Jon Berti and Matt Dean, each had a hit. Dominic Abbadessa was 1/2 and got the RBI after he was hit by a pitch.
Tyler Olander started and threw a scoreless first inning but walked one and gave up a hit. Dany Jimenez went six innings after that, allowing one run on three hits and three walks with four strikeouts while Randy Pondler went three innings, giving up only a hit and striking out three to earn the win.
Player of the Game: Francisco Rodrigeuz, Dany Jimenez and Randy Pondler
DSL Blue Jays 2, DSL D-backs 1
The DSL Blue Jays, like their GCL cousins, scraped out a win in extra innings, with the Dominican squad going 13 frames before an error on a sacrifice bunt play scored Jose Briceno. Antonio Concepcion had the only extra-base hit in the game while Jose Theran was on twice with a single and a walk, adding a stolen base.
Elio Silva went four innings without giving up a hit and striking out two before Felix Cornelius walked three in 2 2/3 innings, striking out one. Oscar Brito stranded the runner left by Cornelius but gave up a run of his own on three hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings but Juan Bautista and Pedro Loficial each threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings to clinch the win.
Player of the Game: Elio Silva and Pedro Loficial
Roster Notes: Pedro Loficial was assigned to the DSL Blue Jays after being signed.
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